Former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin has been ordered to pay Donald Trump a substantial amount of money for the defamatory remarks she made against the Miss USA pageant, Cinema Blend reports.
Since she essentially had nothing to back up her accusations that the pageant was rigged, the beauty queen will have to cough up around $5 million dollars to one of the world’s wealthiest individuals.
The New York Post reports Monnin was given an opportunity to rescind her comments last summer. When she refused his offer, Donald Trump decided to move forward with his defamation lawsuit. The former Miss Pennsylvania, who once referred to the pageant as “trashy,” is surely regretting her decision right about now.
Trump had this to say about winning the lawsuit:
“We cannot allow a disgruntled contestant to make false and reckless statements which are damaging to the many people who have devoted their hearts and souls to the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageant systems.
“While I feel very badly for Sheena, she did the wrong thing. She was really nasty, and we had no choice. It is an expensive lesson for her.”
AceShowbiz explains that Monnin believed the Miss USA pageant was fixed from the very beginning. She alleged another contestant had come across an envelope which contained the winner’s name. Since Monnin was unable to provide evidence to back up her claims, a judge determined she had essentially defamed the beauty contest.
“Going to arbitration was the appropriate action to take under the circumstances, and while I feel very badly for Sheena, she did the wrong thing,” Donald Trump said. “She was really nasty, and we had no choice. It is an expensive lesson for her.”
Do you think former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin should pay Donald Trump $5 million for her remarks about the Miss USA pageant?